I just recently started reading George R.R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series because I really enjoy the show and my summer reading list was
blank save for 'Go Set a Watchman'.
As a voracious reader I understand that in novels, especially fantasy novels, nothing is 'real', it's all a figment. As I was reading the first
chapters of 'A Game of Thrones', it struck me as odd that Daenerys is only 13 years old when she weds Khal Drogo. Martin wrote enough about the
wedding night that it made me slightly uncomfortable, even though, in reality, there is no real act being committed.
I didn't think anything else of it until my boyfriend (not a reader) said something about how he couldn't wait until the new season of Game of Thrones
came out. I mentioned, "Did you know that in the books Daenerys is...13!" The look on his face was a mixture of shock and slight disgust and he made a
comment about how it was strange that a man who writes fiction about 13 year olds getting raped is making millions, but Jared from Subway makes a
comment about middle school girls being hot and all he got was a search warrant.
To me, the strange part isn't the quasi rape, it's that eventually, Martin writes of consensual sex between a behemoth horse lord, and a 13 year old
girl. I can see why he chose to make all of the characters so young, as no one would grow to the age of 18 in Westeros or Essos and still have the
naïveté of an 11, 12, or 13 year old. I'm not saying that Martin is a pedophile, or that he should be investigated, nor do I have an issue with the
books. I do find it odd that there seems to be little to no mainstream controversy about his writing.
In my opinion, as long as someone's sexual proclivities don't harm anyone and are consensual, all the power to them. As a writer, and maybe it's
because I was once a 13 year old girl, I don't believe I could write a fictional scene involving sex and minors.
What do other book readers think? Was it a different time in 1996 when the book was published? Is it a necessity of the plot line? (I don't think the
story lines would be as believable if the characters were older, truthfully). Is George R.R. Martin reliving his teenage fantasy via these
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